How to Make a Roll Up Blind

I thought I’d share with you how I made my stenciled stag roll up blind for my spare room. It’s one of the easiest blinds you can make for a window. So if you have little patience for curtain making (like me!), its a good choice of dressing. Please note I am not a curtain maker, this is just my way of making the blind!!

Tools & Materials:

  • Fabric (measure the exact width and length and allow 3cm turning on each side)
  • Lining (as above)
  • Tape Measure
  • Annie Sloan Paint (or fabric paint equivalent)
  • Paint Brush
  • Stencil (I pulled my shape from the internet and cut it out out of cardboard)
  • Canvas ribbon (measure 2/3rds length of window x4)
  • Sewing Machine (optional)
  • Curved needle
  • Cotton
  • Velcro (hook and loop stick on)
  • Iron
  • A long weight length (such as those used for roman blinds)

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1. Measure your window. I measured mine to the surrounding frame so the blind would fit exactly over the whole window.

2. Measure your fabric and on each side add 3cm and cut. I used a ticking fabric which cost £8 per metre.

3. Measure the lining to the window width and length, but only add 2cm allowance to the sides and 3cm to the top and the bottom edge. This is because the lining will sit 1cm in from the edge of the fabric sides on the inside.

4. Iron the seam allowances onto the fabric and the lining (turning the fabric onto its back and ironing the seams inwards), making sure you iron it 3cm in for fabric and 3cm for the lining on all sides* remember the lining will sit 1cm in from the sides.

5. Now for the fun part! Lay the fabric completely flat (you may have to do this on the floor). On the front of the show fabric measure out where you want the figure to sit. I did this one stag at a time measuring from the top and side and doing it in stripes across the fabric. I used Annie Sloan Paint (seriously is there nothing this paint can’t do!) after I saw a you tube clip saying you can paint it on fabric. A tin like this will cost about £18.95.

6. Once the stags are dry (it really dries very quickly), it’s time to sew in the ties. I used a canvas ribbon which cost me £0.90 per metre. I  laid the the fabric and lining together and marked in 30cm from the side across the top.  I sewed in the tie to the show side of the lining and the front of the fabric. I pre-cut these ribbons to 2/3 of the length of the blind drop. On the front I neatened the ribbon with a cross detail.

7. Its now time to add the velcro to the lining. I use stick on loop and then sewed it to the fabric for ease.

8. I then laid the two bits of fabric on the floor and hand sewed them together across the top and down the sides with a curved needle in blind stitch.

*PICTURE INTERLUDE*: Sewing with a two and four year old on the lounge rug in my PJ’s. Joo thought I was a horsey. Ding took the picture!

Just need to hem the bottom of the blind now. I like to hang the blind before doing this.

9. Stick the velcro in place to the frame of the window. You can add a couple of staples along it if you like.

10. I added the curtain and folded the seam around the weight. This is what I used to weight the fabric – They use it in roman blind making (not sure what its called).

11. I pinned the fabric and sewed a hem with a sewing machine allowing for the width of the weight. I pushed the weight through and tacked the edges so it doesn’t poke out.

12. Run an iron over everything and its ready to hang. Here is my blind as it hangs.

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About Vicky Grubb

Once a kitchen table Upholsterer, now a fully fledged tutor, author and hoarder of vintage fabrics. My Upholstery studio is based in Bournemouth, Dorset, where I live with my husband and two tinkers.

2 Responses to “How to Make a Roll Up Blind”

  1. Lisa January 20, 2016 7:09 pm #

    Thank you for your tutorial. Your instructions and photos are clear and very helpful, exactly what I have been looking for. I am looking forward to making these to cover the kids’ bunk windows in our travel trailer. I plan to make shorter ties and use snaps to hold them up so they can raise and lower them each day on their own.

    • Vicky Grubb January 21, 2016 1:32 pm #

      Thanks, make sure you send a pic when they’re done. Vickyx

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